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Terrorist Suspects and the November Election

Senate Republicans are going along with their House colleagues to pass the President's rules for treating terrorist suspects.  Democrats aren't putting up much of a fight. Are they sacrificing principles to avoid being called weak or are they tougher on national security than Republicans claim? What are the implications for the November elections?  Plus, assertions by the US military that the Iraqi government is thwarting efforts to stop Shiite death squads, and tiger poaching is thriving across the Tibetan border from India to China.  Do the animals have a chance?

Making News

Shiite Death Squads beyond Control of Iraqi Government ()

US military officials complain that the government of Iraq is thwarting efforts to stop Shiite death squads from executing Sunnis.  Meantime, the Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr may be losing control of militias in his Al Mahdi army.

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Main Topic

Terrorist Suspects and the November Election ()

Yesterday, the House passed new rules for detaining, interrogating and prosecuting suspected terrorists. They are key to President Bush's national security agenda, which Republicans plan to showcase during the mid-term election campaigns. Today, Bush went to Capitol Hill, urging Senate approval of the bill. While even some Republicans say the measure might be thrown out by the courts, most Democrats are lying low to avoid being called "weak" on security. Are the Democrats sacrificing principles or are they really tougher than Republicans want to admit? Has preoccupation with the November elections made this a do-nothing Congress? What's the likely impact on voters?

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Reporter's Notebook

Tiger Poaching Flourishing in India and China ()

Tigers are an endangered species, and they could be gone in a few years, unless the governments of India and China crack down on poaching. But environmental groups have photographs of Chinese police officers laughing and posing with people wearing clothes made from the skins of Indian tigers. They say the trade in poached animals crosses the boarder from India through Chinese-controlled Tibet.

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  • Belinda Wright: Executive Director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India
  • Judy Mills: Director of Save the Tiger Fund's Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking

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